HELL HINDU! 175 A. I can give my personal opinion only. It \vill be Eton- violence without blemish. So far so good. And the next sentence ? Cutting wires, removing rails, destroying small bridges cannot be objected to in a struggle like this. "Small bridges.' An exquisite phrase, Mr. Gandhi! When, is a bridge ' small' and when is it * not small'? And of what consolation to the victims of a railway disaster are the pious words with which their non-violent assassins tore up the tracks ? VI Meanwhile, through the windows of the palace at Poona, where he is confined, incense drifts round the figure of Gandhi,, proffered by genuine anti-Fascists all over the world. It is the most ironical paradox of the twentieth century—this anti-Fascist worship of the man who was prepared to sell the pass to Fascism ! What of the future ? What are the limits—if any—of the mischief he will be able to cause ? Are there likely to be any major changes in his policy ? Although the answer to these questions must be largely a matter of guesswork, it should be possible to give a reasonably accurate forecast of the trend of events. I myself think that his practical influence—in spite of the afore- said clouds of incense—is sharply on the wane, and is not likely to reassert itself even under the most favourable conditions. By the time these words are published he will be seventy-five. He has stepped out of gaol to find a very different world from the world he left behind. Britain is no longer in extremis, struggling with her back to the wall; the little yellow men are no linger waiting to be welcomed on the doorstep, with their smiles and their promises. Most important of all, the tremendous gap between his mystic mumbo-jumbo and the hard but exciting realities of the modern world is more than ever apparent. This gap has always been a worry to the more intelligent members of Congress. Nehru *epenly admitted it in his famous Autobiography—indeed, the most vivid part of that book is the account of the exhausting mental struggle which he has constantly been obliged t-> wage in his.